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Watson Floral Columbine STERLING SILVER Tea Bon Nut Spoon Art Nouveau

Watson Floral Columbine STERLING SILVER Tea Bon Nut Spoon Art Nouveau
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Very ornate and beautiful reticulated bon bon or nut serving spoon / scoop, or tea strainer spoon made by Watson in their Columbine motif from their Floral Series #2 which began production in 1902. Designed by Eustace Crees and Charles S. Court. Pretty details on the front and back of the handle typical for their Floral Series but this one is especially rare in that it has the decorated bowl with art nouveau style ribbons and flowers. Not many of these out there. The flower on the handle looks like a magnolia or something else but the old Watson catalog labels it as Columbine. I'm not sure what is depicted in the spoon bowl - maybe pomegranates? but the art nouveau details winding around are fantastic. NO MONOGRAMS MEASUREMENTS: Measures about 4 1/2" inches in length and about 2 1/4” wide at the wide part of the scoop. Weighs about 21 grams on my little digital scale. Has a sturdy hand feel. MARKS: Marked "sterling" on the back and also contains the marks for Watson. CONDITION NOTES: Has been lightly hand polished and has very little surface scratches from polishing and use over the years. I do see a few tiny nicks to the cartouche but it was hardly used and still perfectly form. A few areas of stubborn tarnish but I like patina to make the high relief details stand out. So please see photos closely as this is not a mint condition item.

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